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The Cambridge Companion to Voltaire


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Nicholas Cronk, Geoffrey Turnovsky, David Beeson, Miguel Benítez, John Leigh, Russell Goulbourne, Gianni Iotti, Philip Stewart, Catherine Volpilhac-Auger, Christiane Mervaud, Olivier Ferret, John Renwick, Graham Gargett, Daniel Brewer
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  • Date Published: February 2009
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521849739

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  • As a leading thinker of the European Enlightenment, Voltaire is a central figure in France's collective cultural memory. The popularity of Candide has made him perhaps best known as a writer of tales. Yet these represent only a fraction of his entire œuvre. Voltaire created a style of authorship which made him the most famous writer in Europe and made him a figurehead for a certain style of writing and thinking. This Companion covers his plays, fiction, pamphlets, correspondence, biblical criticism, and historical, political and philosophical thought, to give a wide-ranging view of his writings. The most comprehensive book on Voltaire available in English, it makes accessible the most recent research in France as well as the English-speaking world, in a series of original essays and a guide to sources. The essays demonstrate why Voltaire remains an essential point of reference in defining the modern intellectual today.

    • Covers Voltaire's major works including Candide and outlines his life and times
    • All French quotations are translated to make this book fully accessible to all scholars
    • Includes an up-to-date guide to Voltaire scholarship in English and French
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    'The Cambridge Companion to Voltaire is a fascinating guide to one of the world's most influential authors and thinkers. It will help introduce new readers to Voltaire and encourage others to revisit him. One can only hope that this will facilitate the nurturing of new generations of Voltaire experts, including in Britain.' Reference Reviews

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    • Date Published: February 2009
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521849739
    • length: 256 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.53kg
    • contains: 6 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Nicholas Cronk
    1. The making of a name: a life of Voltaire Geoffrey Turnovsky
    2. Voltaire and authorship Nicholas Cronk
    3. Voltaire, philosopher or philosophe? David Beeson and Nicholas Cronk
    4. Voltaire and clandestine manuscripts Miguel Benítez
    5. Voltaire and the myth of England John Leigh
    6. Voltaire's masks: theatre and theatricality Russell Goulbourne
    7. Voltaire as story-teller Gianni Iotti
    8. Candide Philip Stewart
    9. Voltaire and history Catherine Volpilhac-Auger
    10. Voltaire's correspondence Christiane Mervaud
    11. Voltaire: pamphlets and polemic Olivier Ferret
    12. Voltaire and the politics of toleration John Renwick
    13. Voltaire and the Bible Graham Gargett
    14. The Voltaire effect Daniel Brewer
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    • Eighteenth Century Literature
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    Nicholas Cronk, University of Oxford
    Nicholas Cronk is Professor of French Literature and Director of the Voltaire Foundation at the University of Oxford.


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